The Tonic Blog

Inspiration for greener living, from our favorite projects to DIY design principles to houseplant how-tos.

Grow your connection to the natural world


Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter—there’s a midwest option for all. Thoughtfully curated outdoor container gardens and planters  are a perfect way to honor and celebrate the changing seasons, bringing life and inviting charm to your home or business. Changing your outdoor planters throughout the year ensures blooming flowers and healthy plants suited to each season’s […]


There are two kinds of people: those who can admit they’ve killed an indoor plant and those who are lying. Seriously, we’ve all done it, and it’s no secret why. Many of the exotic plants we see in shops require specific care to replicate their natural environment, and unless you happen to live in a […]


Sure, many indoor plants can survive with sunlight, water, and love, but if you want houseplants to truly thrive, you’re going to need to learn some indoor plant fertilizing basics. Fertilizing and feeding indoor plants is vital because as you water them nutrients are washed away from the soil over time. In order to keep […]